Falls and fractures are somewhat common for senior citizens. According to AgingCare, nine out of ten hip fractures in older Americans are the result of a fall. Although falls and fractures are serious no matter your age, the older you get the more likely you are to break a bone after a fall.
Osteoporosis can be the cause of broken bones. It’s a silent disease that makes your bones fragile because of loss of bone density and tissue. There are multiple factors that can lead to a fall. For example, slipping, tripping and loss of balance can cause serious falls. As you age, you vision and reflexes change, which can increase the risk of falling.
Safety tips for preventing a fall:
- Use a cane or walker for extra stability.
- Make sure your shoes have good traction and are supportive.
- Keep your house clutter free.
- Make sure your floors are not slippery.
- Keep wires out of walkways.
- Use a rubber mat in your shower.
- Make sure your room is well lit.